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House Proceeding on Apr 1st, 2009 :: 2:33:00 to 2:35:40
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Solomon P. Ortiz

2:32:56 to 2:33:16( Edit History Discussion )

Solomon P. Ortiz: mr. towns: thank you very much, mr. speaker. at this time, i yield two minutes to the chairman of the readiness subcommittee on armed services, the gentleman from texas, mr. ortiz, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. ortiz: thank you, mr. eaker, mr. towns, mr.

Solomon P. Ortiz

2:33:00 to 2:35:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Solomon P. Ortiz

Solomon P. Ortiz

2:33:17 to 2:33:38( Edit History Discussion )

Solomon P. Ortiz: skelton, mr. brown. i rise in support of the bill before us today and today the coonk takes another important step that we're providing surviving spouses of military servicemens relief by addressing a long-standing problem in our military survivors benefit system called the widows' tax. like most matters that involve

Solomon P. Ortiz

2:33:39 to 2:34:00( Edit History Discussion )

Solomon P. Ortiz: federal payments thises a complex yet pivotal matter to the survival of servicemens. essentially, if servicemens purchase a plan for their loved ones, the survivors receive a death. 23 that servicemens dies of a service-connected cause, the survivor is entitled to

Solomon P. Ortiz

2:34:01 to 2:34:21( Edit History Discussion )

Solomon P. Ortiz: compensation from the v.a. however, per current law, the benefit payment is decreased the amount of the v.a. payment, dollar for dollar, and thus the amount the survivor will get, not the full amount of entitlements. this affects approximately 59,000 widows.

Solomon P. Ortiz

2:34:22 to 2:34:44( Edit History Discussion )

Solomon P. Ortiz: for too long, the offset between the two programs has done precisely the opposite of what they're intended to do, protect survive yog loved ones. the defend our co best. congress addressed the offset in the 2008 authorization act

Solomon P. Ortiz

2:34:45 to 2:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Solomon P. Ortiz: by creating a monthly survivor allowance, subject to the offset. i'm eased this bill considered today builds upon those iferts by providing a substantial increase in the monthly payment to spouses from the survivors' allowance. although there's much work to be done this bill is an important step toward the complete elimination of the

Solomon P. Ortiz

2:35:06 to 2:35:26( Edit History Discussion )

Solomon P. Ortiz: offset and reflects our bipartisan desire to provide the surviving -- survivors of our military servicemens. i support this bill and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california. mr. issa: i reserve the

Solomon P. Ortiz

2:35:27 to 2:35:41( Edit History Discussion )

Solomon P. Ortiz: remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. towns: i yield one minute to susan davis, the chairwoman of military personnel subcommittee, congresswoman

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